Preaching is the central element of our worship. We believe that preaching is the main means that God uses to call lost sinners to Himself (Romans 10:14-15) as well as the main means by which Christians grow in their understanding of the truths of the Bible (II Timothy 4:1-4). Preaching is the main task of our pastor, and members of the church seek to cultivate the skill of listening in such a way as to benefit.
The scope of our preaching is very wide. We seek to open up the entire counsel of God, not avoiding difficult passages, but examining everything. At the same time our focus in preaching is narrow. In all studies we strive to give attention to the great saving work of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Biblical preaching is further characterized by four principles.
First, preaching must be biblical. It is not the job of a preacher to entertain or to share his opinions. The purpose of preaching is to set forth the truths of God. Consequently, no thought should be permitted in preaching unless it is drawn from God’s Word. For this reason, we encourage listeners to follow closely in their own Bibles, questioning everything they hear to see whether it is biblical.
Secondly, preaching should be expository. This simply means that sermons will be at their best when the preacher takes one text and carefully explains it to the congregation. We seek to avoid a “proof text” mentality in our preaching by looking at each passage carefully in its context. Expository preaching is much more easily biblical.
Thirdly, preaching should typically be consecutive. This refers to the practice of taking a section of scripture, most often one of the books, and preaching through it over a period of time. We are not absolutely committed to this all of the time, and on occasion for various reasons a sermon will stand alone. On the whole, though, if we are seeking to understand passages in context, we succeed best when we move consecutively through a section of the Bible.
Finally, preaching must always be applicatory. There is no example in Scripture of a purely intellectual sermon. Biblical sermons always challenged the listener to think, but also to act upon what he heard. The most basic application of preaching is to urge men to repent of their sins and put their faith in Christ. Furthermore, biblical preaching commands God’s people to live in conformity with the Scripture, obeying and serving God in all that they think, say and do.